Charles Amirkhanian introduces the life and music of Colin McPhee (1901-1964), with commentary by Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison. A classically trained pianist and composer, McPhee became prominent in the 1930s modern music movement in New York. His life and music changed direction when he discovered Balinese music in 1931. He moved to Bali and thoroughly studied the indigenous music. McPhee composed music incorporating Balinese themes. His book Music in Bali, is the definitive text on the subject.
Listen to McPhee and Benjamin Britten performing Tabuh Teluh, Balinese melodies transcribed for piano four-hands, and excerpts from the 1936 orchestral suite Tabuh Tabuhan, and Concerto for Piano and Wind Octet.
Written and produced by Charles Amirkhanian. Technical production by Warren Van Orden.
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